Brazil’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19 at UN General Assembly

Brazil’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19 at UN General Assembly
Brazil’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19 at UN General Assembly
FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga speaks during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, August 5, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for Covid-19 Tuesday after attending the UN General Assembly in New York that was inaugurated by his president, Jair Bolsonaro, according to an official statement.

“The other members of the delegation have been tested and are negative,” said the official Brazilian government press release.

Queiroga, who had received a Covid-19 vaccine, was the second member of Bolsonaro’s entourage to test positive for the virus since arriving in New York for the UN gathering.

Brazil’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19 at UN General Assembly

The 55-year-old health minister will remain in the United States for a period of isolation, even though the rest of the delegation has returned to Brazil.

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Queiroga was with Bolsonaro, who last year survived a bout of the virus, at several events, including a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

He was “doing well,” the statement said. He wrote on Twitter that while following “all health security protocols,” the ministry “will continue to take firm action to deal with the pandemic in Brazil.”

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